World History Holocaust Assignments

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    World History Holocaust Assignments

    Instructions For this assignment, select one of the following options. Option 1: Poetry Select any 2 poems about the Holocaust. You can select from the following list of poets/poems or conduct additional research on Holocaust poetry. Make sure to get approval from your instructor if you are selecting something not on the list. Click on the link to see the list: Link: List of Poets/Poems   Bronislawa Wajs: Tears of Blood Primo Levi: Buna Chaim Nachman Bialik: After My Death; On the Slaughter Martin Niemöller: First They Came for the Jews Mary Elizabeth Frye: Do not stand at my grave and weep Carl Sandburg: Grass Miklós Radnóti: Postcard 1; Postcard 2; Postcard 3; Postcard 4 Bertolt Brecht: The Burning of the Books; Parting; The Mask of Evil Ber

    Instructions

    For this assignment, select one of the following options.

    Option 1: Poetry

    Select any 2 poems about the Holocaust. You can select from the following list of poets/poems or conduct additional research on Holocaust poetry. Make sure to get approval from your instructor if you are selecting something not on the list. Click on the link to see the list:

    Link: List of Poets/Poems

     

    Bronislawa Wajs: Tears of Blood

    Primo Levi: Buna

    Chaim Nachman Bialik: After My Death; On the Slaughter

    Martin Niemöller: First They Came for the Jews

    Mary Elizabeth Frye: Do not stand at my grave and weep

    Carl Sandburg: Grass

    Miklós Radnóti: Postcard 1; Postcard 2; Postcard 3; Postcard 4

    Bertolt Brecht: The Burning of the Books; Parting; The Mask of Evil

    Ber Horvitz: Der Himmel [The Heavens]

    Yala Korwin: Passover Night 1942; The Little Boy with His Hands Up

    Michael R. Burch: Something

    Paul Celan: Death Fugue; O, Little Root of a Dream

    Write an analysis of each poem, including the following information:

    Explain the background on the author, especially in relation to the Holocaust.

    Explain the content of the poem – what story or message is it trying to tell?

    How does the poem relate to the bigger picture of the Holocaust?

    How effective is the poem in relating the Holocaust to readers?

    Option 2: Art

    Select any 2 of works of art about the Holocaust. You can select from the following list or conduct additional research on Holocaust art. Make sure to get approval from your instructor if you are selecting something not on the list. Click on the link to see the list:

    Link: List of Artists/Artworks

    Morris Kestelman: Lama Sabachthani [Why Have You Forsaken Me?]

    George Mayer-Marton: Women with Boudlers

    Bill Spira: Prisoners Carrying Cement

    Jan Hartman: Death March (Czechowice-Bielsko, January 1945)

    Edgar Ainsworth: Belsen

    Leslie Cole: One of the Death Pits, Belsen. SS Guards Collecting Bodies

    Doris Zinkeisen: Human Laundry, Belsen: April 1945

    Eric Taylor: A Young Boy from Belsen Concentration Camp

    Mary Kessell: Notes from Belsen Camp

    Edith Birkin: The Death Cart – Lodz Ghetto

    Shmuel Dresner: Benjamin

    Roman Halter: Mother with Babies

    Leo Breuer: Path Between the Barracks, Gurs Camp

    Leo (Lev) Haas: Transport Arrival, Theresienstadt Ghetto

    Jacob Lipschitz: Beaten (My Brother Gedalyahu)

    Norbert Troller: Terezin

    Anselm Kiefer: Sternenfall

    Write an analysis of each artwork, including the following information:

    Identify the title, artist, date completed, and medium used.

    Explain the content of the artwork – what do the images show?

    How does the artwork relate to the bigger picture of the Holocaust?

    How effective is the artwork in relating the Holocaust to viewers?

     

    Option 3: Video
    Watch the following video:

    • Link (video): The Holocaust (Links to an external site.) (35:00)
    • If the link doesn’t work, the video is   called:
    • The Holocaust

    directed by Holly Faison, fl. 1994-2006; produced by Holly Faison, fl. 1994-2006, Jim Maguire, fl. 1976, Eve Cotton, fl. 1986 and Leslie Nathan, fl. 1985, Audio Visual Narrative Arts (Mount Kisco, NY: Guidance Associates, 1985), 35 mins

    Write a paper on what you learned about peoples’ experiences and intentions during the Holocaust:

    • What were the Nazis thinking of when they made these decisions?
    • What were the otherwise good people of Germany thinking when they allowed it to go on?
    • What were the victims of this genocide thinking and feeling as they went through this terrible process?
    • Describe at least one part of the video that had the greatest impact on you.
    • How effective are the writings/images in the video in relating the Holocaust to viewers?

     

    Writing Requirements (APA format)

    • Length: 2-3 pages (not including title page or references page)
    • 1-inch margins
    • Double spaced
    • 12-point Times New Roman font
    • Title page
    • References page